Here’s my long overdue filmography of movies that were filmed in Okinawa. If you have any you’d like to add, please feel free to leave a comment. (Please note that I’m using the English titles for some of the films.)

  • “Check It Out Yo!” (2006, Japan). Rieko Miyamoto, Director. English-subtitled (Chinese DVD release).
  • “The Crying Wind” (2004, Japan). Yoichi Higashi, Director.
  • “Hotel Hibiscus” (2002, Japan). Yuji Nakae, Director. English-subtitled (Japanese DVD release).
  • “Furimun’s Paradise” (2009, Japan). Gori, Director. English-subtitled run in Hawaii (Consolidated Theatres).
  • “Koishikute” (2007, Japan). Yuji Nakae, Director.
  • “Mugen Ryuukyuu Tsuru Henry” (1998, Okinawa). Go Takamine, Director.
  • “Nabbie’s Love” (1999, Japan). Yuji Nakae, Director. English-subtitled (Japanese DVD release).
  • “Nada Sou Sou” (2006, Japan). Nobuhiro Doi, Director.
  • “Niraikanai kara no Tegami” (2005, Japan). Naoto Kumazawa, Director.
  • “Ogyaa” (2002, Japan). Fujiro Mitsuishi, Director.
  • “Okinawa Rendez-vous” (2000, Hong Kong). Gordon Chan, Director. English-subtitled (Chinese DVD release).
  • “Pineapple Tours” (1992, Okinawa).
  • “Satoukibi Batake no Uta” (2003, Japan). TV special that featured Yukie Nakama and Aya Ueto.
  • “Tinku Tinku” (1995, Okinawa). English-subtitled (Japanese DVD release).
  • “Untamagiru” (1989, Okinawa). Go Takamine, Director.

Karakui reader, Ray (an eisaa enthusiast), left a comment regarding English subtitling of the films listed here. So, to the best of my knowledge, if a film listed here is English-subtitled, I’ll make a little notation of it too. 🙂 Updates to follow.



  1. I wanted to see yo check it out but missed it when it was here for the HIFF, hope the DVD will have english subtitles on it

  2. You listed some movies I haven’t heard of so I definitely have to check them out one day, yo. There are some others too:
    Beat by Amon Miyamoto (1998)
    Marilyn Ni Aitai by Junichi Suzuki (1988) (title in katakana/hiragana of course! I lived in Okinawa when this came out and it made me weep)
    Sonatine by Takeshi Kitano (1993) (or in Japanese, sonachine, and I’m used to calling him Beat Takeshi)

    If you search for movies (and tv shows) filmed in Okinawa, you get this long list.

  3. Hi, I am looking for the films by Takamine Go. Does anybody know if they are available somewhere (with english subtitles)?

  4. @Sophie: I’ve heard of his films and may have seen one or two long ago in Okinawa in VHS format but I doubt it came with English subtitles. If I find any I’ll let you know.

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